Dan Bewrote a review of Santa Cruz Bicycles 5010 2.0 Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 on June 26, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'll start this review admitting that I don't own this bike. I ride a Santa Cruz Bronson, but I've ridden the 5010 a lot. Here is what I've noticed from my time on the 5010.
This is the most playful bike I have ridden from Santa Cruz. It begs the rider to pop off obstacles that litter the trail. The 130mm of VPP travel smooths out trail chatter, but still retains a firm pedaling platform. In fact, I compared times I recorded aboard a Hightower and the 5010 for the same trail, and though the Hightower was quicker up most climbs, the 5010 was actually quickest up punchy climbs. Where this bike shines though is on the way down. Rocking the lowest bottom bracket height in Santa Cruz's lineup, this bike corners better than any bike I've ridden. I found myself pushing through corners and launching out the other side with immense speed. I found myself pumping every feature on the trail, and popping off anything that resembled a jump. This bike feels like a pump track bike.
The trails here in Utah offer a variety of trail conditions from loose, rocky descents, to climbs littered with roots. The 5010 is an ideal bike for the trail conditions here in Utah. After riding this bike, I feel like my Bronson it too much bike for 95% off the trails I ride.
Efficient pedaling platform
Stiff CC frame
Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain
More pedal strikes due to a lower bottom bracket height
If you have any questions about this bike, or any Santa Cruz model please shoot me an email. I've ridden most of them, and chances are I have ridden the bike you're looking at.
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